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One Sheet Calculus Review

by
Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department
Durham, NC 27708-0305
Copyright Robert G. Brown, 2014


Abstract

One Sheet Calculus Review

by Robert G. Brown (rgb)

Many students taking introductory physics, especially the first semester mechanics course, find themselves unable to remember the required calculus that is a prerequisite for the course. The calculus isn't particularly difficult -- it is just that one only needs a small part of what was covered in a very long course and often students are several years out of calculus by the time they take physics.

The One Sheet Calculus Review provided here is a very terse summary of pretty much all of the calculus you are likely to need in introductory mechanics. It does not cover the multivariate line and surface and volume integral concepts needed in introductory electricity and magnetism, but in fact it is sufficient to do almost all of the integrals and derivatives required in that course, once one learns how to break these integrals down into managable (multiple one-dimensional) form. The sheet also contains statements of the Taylor Series and the Binomial Expansion, both of which are both conceptually and algebraically invaluable in understanding physics involving "small perturbations", linear models near equilibrium, and asymptotic forms, especially in electricity and magnetism but also in mechanics.

Note well that this sheet doesn't provide much by way of examples or practice at doing the integrals using e.g. u-substitution or applying the chain rule or integration by parts, but those are skills the student should have at one time learned, and with just a bit of help and practice they (or you, if you are downloading this for yourself) can recover them. Even so, the actual integrals one needs for almost all of the two semester course are either on this page or easily derived from what is on this page.

Good luck! Feel free to contact me with e.g. bug reports or problems.



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